We’re in the thick of Asia’s music festival season now, kicking off with Singapore party cruise It’s The Ship’s sold-out third iteration which started today! Couldn’t get tickets in time? Fear not, there’s plenty of festival fun to be had in the following months. Read more and book your tickets for your next music destination trip, pronto.
1) It’s The Ship (4-7 Nov, Singapore-Penang-Singapore)
With it being the second largest EDM cruise festival in the world, hosting star acts this year such as Far East Movement, Knife Party, Andrew Rayel—plus David “The Hoff” Hasselhoff himself as festival “captain”—it’s no wonder this year’s ITS is completely sold out. As of press time, you’re still allowed to sign up for its waiting list, but how are you going to get on the boat when it’s already halfway to Penang this weekend? Better luck next year.
2) Quest Festival (4-6 Nov, Son Tinh Camp, Hanoi)
Also this weekend in early November is Quest Festival Vietnam, a three-day camping festival hosted in the midst of the Ba Vi mountainscape, just outside Hanoi city. The festival features local and international bands and DJ acts across four stages. There’s also plenty of live art and dance performances, yoga and art workshops across the weekend, with an emphasis on reconnecting with the lay of the land: The story behind Quest is centered on Vietnamese folklore, and the site itself is believed to be where the god of the mountain and the god of the sea once fought for the hand of the emperor’s daughter.
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3) Electric Jungle (5-6 Nov, Shenzhen)
Just a hop and skip across the border is one helluva lineup for electronic music lovers this weekend. Knife Party, R3hab are this year’s headliners, with support from Adventure Club, Alan Walker, Keith Ape, Tommy Trash and more, plus a stage dedicated to producers under the Spinnin’ Sessions dance label.
Read More: The Full Lineup to Electric Jungle Shenzhen
4) Clockenflap (25-27 Nov, Hong Kong)
No self-respecting, music-loving Hongkonger wouldn’t know about Clockenflap! Following this year’s radical venue change to the Central Harbourfront and after a few lineup hiccups in the previous months, the final list is strong as ever, with The Chemical Brothers (pictured) and M.I.A. playing the main stage on Sunday night. Expect to discover plenty of fantastic local acts as well, particularly a strong female roster ranging from singer-songwriter Ellen Loo to math-rock girl group GDJYB to DJs Miss Yellow and Ocean Lam.
Read More: The Full Guide to Clockenflap This Year
5) ZoukOut Singapore (9-10 Dec, Singapore)
One of the hottest regional music festivals in the year kicks off December with a blast, with a lineup featuring Dillon Francis, Lost Frequencies, Alan Walker, KSHMR, and Snakehips. As the premier event from Singapore’s revered Zouk Club brand itself, there’s no doubt that it’ll be one of the biggest parties of the year.
Read More: The Final Lineup For ZoukOut Singapore 2016
6) Djakarta Warehouse Project (9-10 Dec, Jakarta)
The biggest dance music festival in Indonesia (and quite possibly one of the biggest in Asia), this year's lineup for DWP features the some of the biggest names in the genres, with the likes of Alan Walker, DJ Snake, Martin Garrix, Yellow Claw, Zedd and more.
7) STORM SZ (17-18 Dec, Shenzhen)
Details are still TBC, but following from Storm Festival’s showstopping Shanghai edition in October with superstar headliners Skrillex, Alesso and Hardwell, you can expect a party of the same calibre heading down south to Shenzhen to round off this year’s festival circuit.
8) St. Jerome's Laneway Festival (21 Jan, Singapore)
This Aussie festival already has six editions all over down under, but this Asian outpost in Singapore will see the greatest lineup yet, with a mix of fantastic electronic and indie acts such as Nick Murphy (aka Chet Faker), Mr. Carmack, Aurora and Tycho.
9) Wonderfruit (16-19 Feb, Pattaya)
Postponed from its previous mid-December festival dates due to the tragic passing of Thailand’s King, His Majesty the King Bhumibol Adulyadej, camping arts and music fest Wonderfruit will now take place in February 2017. The preliminary lineup includes Rudimental, amongst surreal and otherworldly sounds from Israeli composer Shye Ben Tzur & The Rajasthan Express, Irish producer Matador and pianist Kate Simko & London Electronic Orchestra.
10) Paradise Island Festival (8-9 Apr, Koh Samui)
What better way to make use of those New Year’s Resolutions than by jetsetting off to an island paradise and centering yourself in the midst of music, art, and good vibes? Taking place on the northern coast of Koh Samui, there’ll be a range of international and Thai bands and DJs—plus an eco-conscious alternative approach to the Full Moon parties that the island’s known for. There’ll also be an extensive arts program where you can take part in art, cooking and yoga classes and Thai massages!
11) Mystic Valley Festival (3-5 Feb 2017, Thailand)
Originally slated for mid-November, this three-day festival has been postponed to February on account of the mourning period for Thailand’s late monarch. Come Feb 2017, you can expect more than 40 international DJs playing a range of genres from EDM to Trap to House to Indie, all at this lush green venue in Khao Yai (just three hours’ drive from Bangkok). Camping facilities are free, and tents are available for sale.
Watch this space for these festivals coming back next year...
- Spring Break On the Beach in Kenting (2016 edition in April)
- Ultra Korea (2016 edition in June)
- Jisan Valley Rock Music and Arts Festival (2016 edition in July)
- Fuji Rock, Japan (2016 edition in July)
- Summer Sonic (2016 edition in August)
- Sensation Japan (2016 edition in September)
Article by Evelyn Lok
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